[ chant, chahnt ]
/ tʃænt, tʃɑnt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to sing.
to utter a chant.

Origin of chant

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English chanten < Middle French chanter < Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing; (noun) < French chant < Latin cantus; see canto

Related forms

chant·a·ble, adjectivechant·ing·ly, adverbhalf-chant·ed, adjectiveun·chant·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chant


/ (tʃɑːnt) /



Derived Forms

chanting, noun, adjectivechantingly, adverb

Word Origin for chant

C14: from Old French chanter to sing, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing
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